ATHENS — Canton turned three close bouts into falls, and won five in a
row by pin early en route to a 51-21 win over Athens here Tuesday night
in NTL wrestling action.
“There’s no other way to put it, we got out-hearted today,” said Athens coach Shawn Bradley. “There were four matches we could have won, and (Canton) won them all.
“Hats off to Canton, their kids wanted it more than ours,” added Bradley. “We have to learn how to gut some things out, that’s part of the process.”
The match started quickly with Canton’s Hayden Ward scoring an 18-second fall at 152 pounds, and Athens senior Karter Rude answering with a 59-second pin of Levi Pepper at 160 pounds to tie the match at 6-6.
The 172-pound bout was a pivotal match in the early-going.
Canton’s Brenen Taylor scored the first takedown of the bout, but senior Cameron Whitmarsh escaped, and countered with a double-leg takedown for a 3-2 lead.
After Taylor scored an escape late in the first period to tie the bout at 3-3, Whitmarsh cut him loose to start the second period. The duo remained on their feet the entire two minutes, and Taylor led 4-3 heading into the final two minutes.
Taylor rode top to start the second period, but was penalized about 30 seconds in for a stiff forearm to the back of Whitmarsh’s head to tie the score at 4-4. Moments later, Whitmarsh escaped for a 5-4 lead, but just 20 seconds later, Taylor scored a takedown, and ran a quick arm bar for the fall at 5:28 to give the Warriors a 12-6 lead.
At 189 pounds, Canton’s Riley Parker built a 7-0 lead before turning senior Collin Rosh for the fall at 3:16 to make it 18-6.
The 215-pound match-up proved to be another tough loss for the Wildcats.
Canton’s Connor Davis scored an early takedown and had freshman Caleb Nason on his back for more than 30 seconds, but Nason reversed Davis and had him on his back at the first-period buzzer to trim the deficit to 5-4.
Davis was on top to start the second period, and quickly locked in an arm bar for a fall at 2:22 to give the Warriors a 24-6 lead.
The Warriors turned another 1-point lead into a fall at 285 pounds.
After a scoreless first period, Mason Nelson scored an escape in the second period for a 1-0 lead, and the heavyweights spent the remainder of the period on their feet.
Nelson rode top for more than a minute before locking in an arm bar and turning Nittinger for the fall at 5:22 to up the Warrior lead to 30-6.
At 106, Lyle Vermilya built a 9-0 lead before finishing off freshman Keaton Sinsabaugh at 3:26 to give the Warriors a 36-6 lead.
Canton’s Cohen Landis received a forfeit at 113 pounds to extend Canton’s lead to an insurmountable 42-6 lead.
Sophomore Mason Vanderpool put the Wildcats back on the board again at 120 pounds. He led 5-0 after the first period, then scored a reversal early in the second period, into a headlock for a fall at 2:25.
Senior Gavin Bradley, wrestling up two weight classes, scored an impressive 19-3 technical fall over freshman Holden Ward at 126 pounds.
Bradley scored an early takedown, then racked up two sets of near-fall points to take an 8-0 lead after the first period.
Bradley scored three takedowns to build a 14-3 lead midway through the second period, then closed out the match with a takedown directly to Ward’s back for the 19-3 win.
In what may have been the “match of the night,” Canton’s Brayden Wesneski scored a 10-7 decision over senior Gavin McGrath.
McGrath scored a first-period takedown for a 2-0 lead. Wesneski started on top in the second period, and with 40 seconds remaining sat out in arm bar for three near-fall points and a 3-2 lead entering the final two minutes.
The duo started neutral, and McGrath came out on top in a scramble for a takedown, and three near-fall points to take a 7-3 lead early in the third period.
McGrath tried to turn his advantage into a cradle, but Wesneski was able to reverse and put McGrath on his back briefly to tie the bout at 7-7 with 40 seconds remaining.
About 30 seconds later, Wesneski scored three near-fall points on a tilt for the 10-7 win.
At 138 pounds, Athens senior Kaden Setzer took down Hudson Ward on a throw and picked up a pair of near-fall points in the process for a 4-0 lead, which he carried into the second period.
Ward escaped early in the second period, and Setzer recorded another takedown to take a 6-2 lead into he final two minutes.
After Ward registered another escape, a Setzer throw resulted in five points and an 11-3 lead. Ward escaped again, but Setzer closed out the 13- 4 major decision with another takedown in the closing seconds.
Canton’s Bailey Ferguson closed out the match with a fall late in the second period at 145 pounds.
Athens, now 3-2, returns to action Thursday at North Penn-Liberty.
CANTON 51, ATHENS 21
152: Hayden Ward (C) by fall over Keegan Congdon (A), 0:18;
160: Karter Rude (A) by fall over Levi Pepper (C), 0:59;
172: Brenen Taylor (C) by fall over Cameron Whitmarsh (A), 5:28;
189: Riley Parker (C) by fall over Colin Rosh (A), 3:16;
215: Conner Davis (C) by fall over Caleb Nason (A), 2:22;
285: Mason Nelson (C) by fall over Joshua Nittinger (A), 5:23;
106: Lyle Vermilya (C) by fall over Keaton Sinsabaugh (A), 3:26;
113: Cohen Landis (C) by forfeit;
120: Mason Vanderpool (A) by fall over Cayden Miller (C), 2:25;
126: Gavin Bradley (A) tech. fall Holden Ward (C), 19-3;
132: Brayden Wesneski (C) dec. Gavin McGrath (A), 10-7;
138: Kaden Setzer (A) major dec. Hudson Ward (C), 13-4;
145: Bailey Ferguson (C) by fall over Lucas Forbes (A), 3:48.
WYALUSING — The Athens defense limited Wyalusing to just two first-half
field goals, and built a 19-point halftime lead on its way to a 42-20
win here Monday night in NTL girls basketball action.
“We scored well off our pressure,” said Athens coach Brian Miller. “Our defense created some nice fast breaks.
“We played well,” added Miller.
Senior Caydence Macik led the Lady Wildcats with a double-double, scoring 16 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
Junior Karlee Bartlow had 11 points, five rebounds, three steals, and one blocked shot in the win, while senior Olivia Bartlow had six points, six boards, and two blocked shots, junior Emma Bronson aded five points and two assists, and freshman Addy Wheeler chipped in with four points, four rebounds, four assists, and six steals.
Macik scored seven points in the opening stanza, including a 3-pointer late in the first eight minutes, to help Athens to an 11-2 lead.
Karlee Barlow scored seven points in the second quarter to fuel a 13-3 burt that gave the Lady Wildcats a 24-5 lead at the break.
Athens added a point to its lead in the third quarter, taking a 32-12 advantage into the final eight minutes, then made 4 of 7 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Laci Norton led Wyalusing with six points, and Layla Botts and Olivia Spencer added four points apiece.
Athens, now 6-2, travels to Troy Thursday.
WYALUSING — Athens used a big second quarter to take control in a 30-16
win over Wyalusing here Monday night in NTL junior varsity girls
The junior Wildcats were held without a field goal in the first quarter, but Mya Thompson was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Athens trailed 5-4 after the opening stanza.
Sara Bronson took over for Athens in the second quarter, pumping in 11 points to fuel a 16-2 blitz that gave the Wildcats a 20-7 lead at the break.
Athens out scored Wyalusing, 10-9, in the second half, with Thomason scoring six points, and Bronson adding four.
Bronson led Athens with 15 points, seven rebounds, and 10 steals, and Thompson had 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and nine steals.
Raven Glisson had four rebounds and one blocked shot in the win, while Izzy Davis had four boards, and Savannah Persun grabbed three boards.
INDIANA, Pa. — Senior Gavin Bradley continues to wrestle like a man on a
mission, winning the 113-pound title here at the Mid-Winter Mayhem
Tournament in convincing fashion.
Senior Kaden Setzer finished fifth for the Wildcats at 132 pounds, and junior Jake Courtney was seventh at 138 pounds.
Bradley, who opened the tournament with a technical fall and a pin on Friday, opened Saturday with a 22-6 technical fall win over fourth-seeded Jared Popson of Brookville in the semifinals.
Bradley scored a quick takedown to start the match for a 2-0 lead. Thirty seconds later, Popson escaped to close the gap to 2-1,, but Bradley hit a five-point move to take a 7-1 lead after the opening two minutes.
Leading 8-2, Bradley scored four takedowns, the last coming with 3 seconds remaining, to increase his lead to 16-5 heading into the final two minutes.
After Popson was banged for stalling early in the third period, Bradley hit another five-point move to close out the match at 4:38.
In the finals, Bradley took control early and forged a 9-4 win over second-seed Weston Pisarchick of Brockway.
Bradley scored a takedown 21 seconds into the bout. After Pisarchick escaped with 49 seconds left, Bradley registered another takedown about 20 seconds later to take a 4-1 lead.
After spending the majority of the second period on their feet, Bradley scored a takedown and three near-fall points in the final 20 seconds to take a 9-1 lead.
Bradley cut Pisarchick loose to start the third period, and Pisarchick closed out the scoring with a takedown with 20 seconds remaining.
Bradley is now 13-0 on the season.
At 132 pounds, top-seeded Owen Reinsel of Brookville, who went on to win the title, scored a 7-1 win over Setzer, who was the fourth seed..
Reinsel took control early with a five-point move in the first 20 seconds of the bout. He added a reversal in the third period.
In his first wrestleback match, Setzer dropped a 4-0 decision to Commodore Perry’s Wyatt Lazzar, the 10th seed,
In the fifth-place match, Setzer scored a pair of third-period takedowns to rally for a 6-5 win over fifth-seeded Todd McGann of Quakertown.
Setzer beat McGann, 7-5, Friday in the quarterfinals.
At 138 pounds, Courtney, who was 4-1 on Friday, dropped a 7-4 decision to Marion Canter’s Liam Cornetto in the consolation bracket round-of-4.
In the seventh-place match, Courtney scored a takedown early in the third period to pull out a 2-0 decision over Benton’s Caden Temple.
Athens hosts Canton Tuesday, and travels to North Penn-Liberty Thursday.
INDIANA, Pa. — Athens seniors Gavin Bradley and Kaden Setzer both
advanced to the semifinals of the Mid-Winter Mayhem tournament here
Friday, and junior Jake Courtney is alive in wrestlebacks.
Bradley, the top seed at 113 pounds, opened with a 21-3 technical fall over General McLane’s Ethan Snyder in 3:05.
Bradley scored a quick takedown and two sets of near-fall points for an 8-0 lead after the first period.
He scored a quick takedown to start the second period for a 10-0 lead. After cutting Snyder loose, Bradley recorded another takedown and a tilt for a 14-1 lead.
Bradley cut Snyder loose again, then added another takedown to make it 16-2. After cutting Snyder loose for a third time, Bradley registered a quick five-point move to close out the bout.
In the quarterfinals, Bradley decked eighth-seeded Leyton Zechary of Commodore Perry in just 22 seconds.
Bradley will face fourth-seeded Jared Popson of Brookville in the semifinals Saturday morning.
Setzer, the fourth seed at 132 pounds, was 3-0 on the day to advance to the semifinals.
He opened the day with 57-second fall over T.J. Carroll of Forest Hills in the round-of-32.
Setzer followed it up with a 16-1 technical fall over Mikey Hollar of Pocono Mountain East. He scored a takedown and three near-fall points for a 5-0 lead after the first period.
Setzer scored a five-point move early int he second period for a 10-1 lead. After an escape by Hollar, Setzer scored a takedown and a two-point tilt for a 14-1 lead heading into the final two minutes.
Setzer clinched the win with a takedown at 4:18.
In the quarterfinals, Setzer forged a 7-5 decision over Todd McGann of Quakertown.
Setzer scored a five-point move midway through the first period for a 5-0 lead, but McGann escaped at the buzzer to close the gap to 5-1after the first two minutes.
McGann opened the second period with a reversal to close the gap to 5-3, but Setzer escaped to make it 6-3.
McGann scored a takedown with 22 seconds remaining in the second period to pull within one point, at 6-5.
McGann cut Setzer loose to start the third period for a 7-5 lead, and the two spent the entire two minutes on their feet.
Setzer will face top-seeded Owen Reinsel of Brookville, who registered three first-period pins Friday, in the semifinals.
At 138 pounds, junior Jake Courtney trailed Daniel Boone’s Brett Marciano 7-4 midway through the third period in the round-of-32, but scored a takedown and fall with 34 seconds remaining.
In the round-of-16, Courtney, the ninth seed, trailed 5-0 to eighth-seeded Dave Wenner of Cranberry, but rallied to close the gap to 6-4, but Wenner scored a reversal in the closing seconds to win an 8-4 decision.
In the consolation bracket, Courtney went 3-0 to advance to the consolation round-of-4.
Courtney was awarded a stalling point with 9 seconds remaining in the second overtime period for a 1-0 win over Clearfield’s Ty Aveni in his first wrestleback match, and followed that up with a 3-2 win over Curwensville’s Nik Fegert.
In his final bout of the day, Courtney scored a pair of third-period takedowns to really from a 4-2 deficit for a 6-5 win over sixth-seeded Caden Finck of Montgomery.
At 215 pounds, freshman Caleb Nason, the fifth seed, scored an escape and a takedown early in the second period to take a 5-3 lead over General McLane’s Brady Haskins. He rode Haskins the final 76 seconds of the period, then the two grapplers spent the entire third period on their feet, with Nason preserving the 5-3 win.
In the round-of-16, Nason fell behind early, but scored a reversal and three near-fall points late in the first period to take a 5-2 lead on Richland’s Ryan Audi. He added an escape and a takedown in the second period for an 8-2 lead, on his way to an 11-6 win.
In the quarterfinals, Nason dropped a 7-1 decision to fourth-seed Bradley Leon of Montgomery.
Nason was eliminated in his first wrestleback match, a 9-3 loss to Penn Cambria’s Brandon Oravec.
At 152 pounds, senior Karter Rude, the fifth seed, opened with a pin of Pocono Mountains East’s Camryn Sopko in 1:45.
In the round-of-16, Rude scored a pair of takedowns to take a 4-1 lead early in the first period, but Dubois Area’s Carter Wilson countered with a takedown with 12 seconds remaining to tie the bout, and then secured the pin at 1:55.
In the consolation bracket, Rude received a forfeit from Clearfield’s Karson Kline to advance to the consolation round-of-8, then built a 6-1 lead before registering a fall in 4:05 over Benton’s Evan Brokenshire.
Rude’s tournament came to an end in the second round-of-8 via a second-period fall against second-seeded Travis Stipetich of North Allegheny.
At 285 pounds, sophomore Josh Nittinger, the seventh seed, lost via fall to Canton’s Mason Nelson in 3:37 in the opening round, but bounced back with two wins in the consolation bracket.
In his first wrestleback match, Nittinger scored a takedown 19 seconds into overtime for a 2-0 win over Penn Cambria’s Brandon Yeoman. In his next bout, NIttinger turned a reversal into a fall at 2:15 against Marion Center’s Luke Winters.
In the second round-of-8, NIttinger was eliminated by St. Joe’s Prep’s Maxwell Roy via fall in 4:49.
At 120 pounds, sophomore Mason Vanderpool, the eight seed, led Pennfield’s Ryan Parton, 5-3, in the third period, but Parton turned Vanderpool for a fall at 4:51.
In the consolation bracket, Vanderpool flattened Hollidaysburg’ Noah Horne in 24 seconds, but was eliminated in his next bout — a 7-2 loss to Commodore Perry’s Hunter Gable.
At 189 pounds, senior Collin Rosh scored a fall over Daniel Boone’s Jake
in 3:43. Pogash led 1-0 after an escape early in the second period, but Rosh answered with a takedown and turn for the fall.
In the round-of-16, Rosh lost via first-period fall to second-seeded Colby Springman of Montoursville.
Rosh also lost via fall in his first wrestleback match to Cranberry’s Branden McFetridge.
Freshman Keaton Sinsabaugh went 0-2 at 106, and senior Lucas Forbes went 0-2 at 145 pounds.
Day 2’s action begins Saturday at 10 a.m.
ATHENS — Junior Karlee Bartlow scored 21 points for the second straight
game, pacing Athens in a 40-30 win over Wellsboro here Friday night in
NTL Large School girls basketball action.
Bartlow knocked down a 3-pointer, and scored five points in the first quarter, and senior Caydence Macik, returning after a two-game absence, added four points to help the Lady Wildcats to a 10-8 lead after the first eight minutes.
Bartlow canned a pair of 3-pointers, and scored eight points in the second quarter, and Macik added four points in a 14-6 run that extended the Athens lead to 24-14 at the half.
Athens added two points to its lead in the third quarter, taking a 32-20 lead into the final eight minutes.
The Lady Wildcats made just 2 of 7 free throws in the fourth quarter, but held on for the win.
Bartlow led Athens with 21 points, seven rebounds, four steals, three assists, and two blocked shots, while Macik had 12 points, seven boards, four steals and three blocked shots. freshman Addy Wheeler added four boards, six steals, and one blocked shot, and senior Olivia Bartlow blocked two shots.
Paige Logsdon led Wellsboro with 12 points.
Athens, now 5-2, travels to Wyalusing Monday.
ATHENS — Athens jumped out to an early lead, but was held scoreless for
more than two quarters as Wellsboro rallied to win an epic defensive
struggle, 14-11, here Friday evening in NTL Large School junior varsity
girls basketball action.
Sara Bronson scored four points in the first quarter, and Mya Thompson added a bucket to help the junior Wildcats to a 7-2 lead after the opening stanza.
Wellsboro, which ran big chunks of time off the clock using a patient half-court offense, outscored Athens, 6-0, in the second quarter, and the third quarter to take a 14-7 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Athens defense held Wellsboro scoreless, but could only muster two buckets — by Bronson and Thompson. The Wildcats were also 0-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final seven minutes, and 1-for-6 in the game.
Bronson led Athens with six points and six steals, and Thompson added four points, five rebounds, four steals, and one blocked shot,
Athens travels to Wyalusing Monday.
ATHENS — Athens shook off a rough first half, and a poor shooting night
at the free-throw line to post a 70-60 win over Towanda here Thursday
night in NTL Large School Division boys basketball action.
“Offensively, we were not as crisp as I would have liked in the first half and we missed a ton of foul shots tonight,” said Athens coach Jim Lister. “I will never be happy about that.
“We made some halftime adjustments and came out and played a much better second half and got the win,” he added.
Lister also heaped praise on first-year Towanda coach Landon Henry.
“First, I want to give a ton of credit to Coach Landon Henry,” said Lister. “He is young and has ton of energy and his kids are buying in.
“They are going to beat some teams this season on just effort and hard work,” added Lister.
Athens senior guard Tucker Brown scored the first seven points of the game, but Towanda used an 18-4 blitz to take an 18-11 with 1:45 remaining in the first quarter.
Senior J.J. Babcock scored five straight points, and senior Nalen Carling made a free throw in the final seconds of the opening stanza to draw within 18-17 at the end of the opening stanza.
ATHENS — Williamsport scored the first 17 points of the game, and held
Athens off the scoreboard for the first five minutes of the game in a
55-23 win here Monday night in non-league boys basketball action.
Junior Chris Mitchell’s free throws with 2:55 remaining in the first quarter sparked an 8-0 spurt that also included buckets by senior J.J. Babcock, junior Mason Lister, and senior Troy Pritchard that closed the gap to 17-8.
The teams traded buckets until midway through the second quarter, but the Millionaires closed out the first half with a 9-1 spurt tot are a 33-15 lead at the half.
Williamsport used 14-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to extend their lead to 53-19 in the opening minute of the final stanza.
The Wildcats shot 19.5 percent (8 of 41) from the field, and committed 29 turnovers in the loss.
Lister led Athens with eight points and four rebounds, while senior Tucker Brown had four points and one blocked shot, senior Nalen Carling had four points and four rebounds, Mitchell hauled down six boards, and Pritchard added three bounds and two steals.
Athens, now 6-2, hosts Towanda Thursday.